Mental evaluation ordered in prostitute slayings

A man accused of killing two prostitutes within 30 minutes in downtown Ogden last week was ordered by a judge Monday to undergo a mental competency evaluation.

Jacob Daniel Ethridge is charged with two counts of first-degree felony murder, each punishable by up to life in prison.

Ethridge's own attorneys raised the competency issue during a Monday hearing before 2nd District Judge Roger Dutson.

A review is set for Sept. 8.

Killed in the early hours of July 13 by gunshots to the head were Rosaanna Marie Cruz, 25, and Teresa Rene Tingey, 42.

Zelley Johnson, a friend of Tingey's, told The Tribune that prior to the shootings he was walking home from a bar when Ethridge approached him and asked about finding a prostitute.

Police said Ethridge told them he was propositioned by woman who took him to a vacant third-floor apartment at 2579 Adams Ave., where he allegedly shot her. Tingey's body was found at that location.

Returning to Adams Avenue, Ethridge said, he was propositioned by another woman, who he killed after she took him behind 2461 Adams Ave., police said. Adams' body was found there.

Ethridge then drove to Roy, told his parents about the slayings and his father drove him to the Ogden police station, where he confessed, according to police.

Events began after Ethridge had an argument with his girlfriend, according to police, who said he told them he had been having homicidal thoughts for some time.